Angélica Cházaro

  • Assistant Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 543-8754


J.D. 2006, Columbia B.A. magna cum laude 2001, Harvard

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Immigration and Refugee Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 577 Immigration Law
LAW B 510 Problems In Professional Responsibility
LAW E 561 Critical Race Theory

Professor Angélica Cházaro joined the law school faculty in 2013 as a visiting assistant professor. She teaches Critical Race Theory, Poverty Law, Professional Responsibility and courses on Immigration Law. Professor Cházaro earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she received the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy and was named a Lowenstein Fellow. She was a Kent Scholar, a Stone Scholar, and an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Before attending Columbia, Professor Cházaro earned a B.A. in Women's Studies from Harvard University.

Following law school, Professor Cházaro received a Ford Foundation fellowship to work with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) in Seattle. During her seven years at NWIRP she specialized in representing immigrant survivors of violence and directed one of the organization's offices in Eastern Washington, focusing on providing immigration legal services to farmworkers. Professor Cházaro served as a chief negotiator during a 56-day hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center, representing immigrant detainees. She has been interviewed in national and international news outlets for her work on behalf of immigrants. She is a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission convened by the National Day Laborer's Organizing Network to provide the Executive Branch with recommendations on administrative relief for undocumented people.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Book Chapters

  • Angélica Cházaro, Rights of Incarcerated Parents, in A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual 896-930 (9th ed., Columbia Human Rights Law Review 2011).
  • Angélica Cházaro, Jennifer Casey & Katherine Ruhl, Getting Away with Murder: Guatemala's Failure to Protect Women and Rodi Alvaradlo's Quest for Safety, in Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Americas 93-115 (Rosa-Linda Fregoso & Cynthia Bejarano eds., Duke University Press 2009), translated into Spanish and reprinted in Feminicidio en América Latina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2011).
  • Angélica Cházaro, Witnessing Memory and Surviving Domestic Violence: The Case of Rodi Alvarado Pen?a, in Passing Lines: Immigration And Sexuality (Bradley Epps, Keja Valens & Bill Johnson-González eds., Harvard University Press 2005).

News Media

  • Panelist, The Question of Rights, University of Washington Honors Program (November 14, 2018)
  • Panelist, Reconstructing Our Democracy: A Mid-term's Post-Mortem & Call to Action, Carter Center (November 10, 2018)
  • Panelist, "Immigration Law", Presidential Power in 2017, University of Washington School of Law and Town Hall (February 1, 2017)
  • Panelist, "Antiviolence Movements in the Shadow of the Carceral State", Annual Meeting, Law & Society Association (May 31, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV", Center for American Progress (May 1, 2014)
  • Speaker, "May Day Congressional Briefing on Immigrants’ Recommendations for Executive Action", National Day Laborer’s Organizing Network (May 1, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Northwest Detention Center Hunger Strike Causes and Consequences Teach-In", Northwest Detention Center (April 1, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Community Lawyering, What Does it Mean and How Can We Do More of It", University of Washington School of Law (March 3, 2014)
  • Panelist, "Being LGBT In the Legal Field", Diversity Week, University of Washington School of Law (February 3, 2014)
  • Speaker, "The End of Gay Politics", Seattle University (January 1, 2014)
  • Speaker, "When Labor Rights Mean Immigrant Rights: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and Immigration Reform", University of Washington School of Law (November 1, 2013)
  • Speaker, "LGBT Anti-Violence Work and Movement Infrastructure, Queer Dreams and Non-Profit Blues: Dilemmas of the Nonprofit Tradition in LGBT Politics", Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law (October 1, 2013)
  • Speaker, "The Risks and Rewards of Comprehensive Immigration Reform", Comprehensive Immigration Reform Coalition (May 1, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Engaging in Local Struggles against the Prison Industrial Complex", Maroon the Implacable National Book Tour, (April 1, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Reproductive Justice and Immigration Law", University of Washington School of Law (March 1, 2013)